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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Middle East

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Column: People hit by indiscriminate violence need psycho-social help
The civil war in Syria has killed and injured innumerable people, many of them innocent civilians. We are trying to help survivors repair the damage to their bodies – and to their minds, writes Jane-Ann McKenna.
Column: The generosity of the Irish people makes me incredibly proud
Ettie Higgins works to deliver lifesaving assistance to children and babies caught up in the violence across Syria. She tells of the ongoing battle to survive in almost impossible conditions faced by families.
# Iraq
Suicide bombers target Iraqi primary school in day of multiple attacks
Ten children were killed in the school attack with suicide bombers also targeting pilgrims at a Shrine as over thirty people died across the country.
Column: Full, unimpeded access for all doctors is immediately needed in Syria
It is unacceptable that medical staff are being denied access to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the Cold War, writes Irish-Libyan doctor Dr Fatima Hamroush.
Column: Syrians are convinced they're considered 'expendable'... wouldn’t you be?
David Adams documents the often horrific experiences of ordinary Syrians caught up in the ongoing conflict. Time and again he hears tales of heartbreaking loss and suffering, from people who believe the world has forgotten them.
# United Nations
Gilmore to meet UN Secretary General for Syria talks
The Tánaiste will also address the United Nations General Assembly later today.
# agreement
UN votes to order destruction of Syria's chemical weapons
The UN security council voted unamimounsly to back the deal proposed by the US and Russia. International experts are expected to start work in Syria next week
# syrian crisis
UN chief: Report confirms chemical weapons "war crime" in Syria
Ban Ki-moon says UN invesigators have confirmed “unequivocally and objectively” that chemical weapons, including sarin, were used.
# syrian crisis
Russia urges Syria: Give up your chemical weapons
The Russian plan for the Assad regime to surrender its weapons has been given a cautious reception in the White House.
# Conflict
EU ministers believe Assad was responsible for Syria chemical attack
The group of EU foreign ministers have pointed the finger of blame for the alleged murders on the Assad regime.
# Syrian Conflict
US Senate committee votes to approve Syria military action
The full Senate will vote on the issue next week. It’s the first time lawmakers have voted to back military action since the 2002 vote on the invasion of Iraq.
# Syria
UN delays Irish troops heading to the Golan Heights by three weeks
Commandant Denis Hanly said the United Nations requested the troops to be delayed “for administration reasons”.
# Syrian Conflict
Shatter: Ireland has taken in fifty refugees from Syria crisis
More than two million people have become refugees since the start of the conflict in March 2011.
# Middle East
Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees
Minister Joe Costello says the crisis equates to “almost every child under the age of eighteen being forced to flee their homes”.
# Middle East
Number of Syrian refugees passes 2 million mark
A year ago, the figure was around 230,000. One million Syrian children are now living as refugees.
# Syria
Only regime could have carried out chemical attack, French intel report states
Intelligence officials say the 21 August attack “could only have been ordered and carried out by the regime”.
# Syria
President Obama says no decision has been made on Syria but insists world must act
The US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that “the question is no longer what do we know, the question is what we in the international community do now.”
Column: Destroying democracy to save democracy – Egypt’s power struggle
The Egyptian military see the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat to its power base and have co-opted secularists as a public façade for a naked power grab, writes Colm Ó Broin.
Column: 'Chemical weapons' are in the news for dreadful reasons – but what are they?
The images coming from Syria of small bodies wrapped in shrouds do not indicate the horrors of the moments before death – and the fact that humans are willing to inflict this on others must not be shied away from, writes Ann Cronin.
# Tripoli
27 killed and over 350 wounded in Lebanon car bomb blasts
The attacks happened in the city of Tripoli. It’s reported a number of children are among the dead.
Eyewitness: Cairo has changed from buzzing metropolis into a near ghost town
Just two short years after Egypt’s ‘January Revolution’, the spirit of hope for a better future has been lost. At least 1,089 people have died in one week and deep scars have been carved in the Egyptian social fabric, writes Diana Eltahawy.
# Anti-Semitism
Israel wants to pay students to post pro-Israel messages on Facebook and Twitter
The Israeli prime minister’s office has said that students will receive scholarships to engage international audiences to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel.
# Middle East
US Secretary of State urges Palestinians against settlements reaction
John Kerry said that Palestinians must return to the negotiating table.
# Middle East
Prisoners released, new settlements announced ahead of Israel, Palestine talks
Negotiators are still set to meet on Wednesday for peace talks.
# Iran
New Iran PM wants "serious" nuclear talks
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said he would not surrender Iran’s rights but wanted to allay Western concerns.
# Middle East
Moderate cleric and former nuclear negotiator Rowhani sworn in as President of Iran
The 64-year-old could name his cabinet as early as today, with Iranian media reporting it’s likely to be made up of Western educated technocrats.
# Middle East
Rowhani takes power in Iran with pledge to lift economy
The moderate cleric is facing serious challenges as he begins his four year term. His public inauguration will take place tomorrow.
# Cautious Optimism
So far, so good: chief negotiator says Israel-Palestine peace talks are going well
It’s been three years since the last peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis broke down – but this time the mood is “positive”.
# Peace Talks
Israel and Palestine to resume talks in Washington
It will be the first time officials have had direct discussions in the past three years.
# Terrorism
Death toll in Pakistan twin suicide attacks rises to 57
Two bombers walked into crowded market as shoppers bought food to break their fasts at sunset for Ramadan.
# tunisia
Emotions high as slain Tunisia opposition leader buried
Thousands of Tunisians have taken to the streets for the funeral of an opposition leader – who was assassinated with the same weapon that killed a colleague.
# Egypt
Egypt detains former president Morsi as five killed in further clashes
The Arab world’s most populous country has been rocked by violence that killed some 200 people since the army ousted Morsi on 3 July.
# Middle East
Following talks, Israel and Palestine agree to talks
Both Israel and the Palestinian presidency welcomed the development, but the Islamist Hamas movement rejected a return to talks which have been brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Column: They shot her at point blank range in the head – but it made her stronger
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last year. Today, on her 16th birthday, she will lead the first ever youth takeover of the UN in New York to speak about the importance education, writes Kelley Farrell.
# Egypt
Syrian refugees to Egypt facing restrictions following unrest
The UN says nearly 90,000 Syrians have registered with the High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt.
# Egypt
Muslim Brotherhood should not be treated as criminals – ElBaradei
Egypt’s interim premier has called for the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in the democratisation process, adding that new elections would take place within a year.
# Egypt
Egypt: Liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei picked as new PM
The former UN nuclear watchdog chief is to be sworn in as premier later on Saturday, three days after the army overthrew Morsi.
# Emigration
A government website is advertising excavation work for jobseekers... in Iraq
The position in the war-torn Middle East country is one of dozens advertised on the State training and employment agency’s website that are based outside of Ireland.
# Egypt
At least one dead, 237 hurt in Egypt clashes
Supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi clashed today, resulting in at least one person being killed.
# Middle East
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah resigns...again
The President has 35 days to find a replacement.